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Gaza: Misfired Rocket Kills Three-Year-Old Palestinian Girl

Israeli council head calls on IDF to continue security as misfired terrorist rocket leaves one dead and three injured inside Gaza.
By Ari Yashar
First Publish: 6/24/2014, 10:05 PM

Explosion in Gaza (illustration)
Explosion in Gaza (illustration)
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A Palestinian Arab girl was killed and three others wounded in Gaza after a rocket fired at Israel by terrorists in the Hamas-enclave fell short, landing in Gaza itself.

The rocket was the third of four fired within an hour from Gaza. The Iron Dome anti-missile defense system shot down the first two, which were launched within minutes of each other, and the fourth hit a town in the Sedot Negev Regional Council, causing no damage.

Hamas medical sources say the fatality is a three-year-old girl.

Over 20 rockets have been fired at Israel since Operation Brother's Keeper began two weeks ago to rescue the three Israeli teens kidnapped by Hamas terrorists, with the IDF noting that over 200 rockets have been fired from Gaza since the start of the year.

Another failed missile was recorded last Friday. After Iron Dome shot down a rocket earlier in the day, another terrorist rocket was fired but fell short of its mark, landing in Gaza. No damage was reported in the incident.

In addition to the four rockets on Tuesday, Arab media sources reported mortar fire being launched from Gaza towards the Erez Border Crossing. IDF sources said the incident is being investigated; no damage or injuries were reported.

Tamir Idan, head of the Sedot Negev Regional Council where the rocket fell on Tuesday told Walla! "this incident emphasizes the great importance of security concentration in the Gaza Envelope communities."

Idan condemned the Homefront Command decision to cut the security budget and security concentration in the region.

"The Homefront Command decision is scandalous and disconnected from the reality we live in. I call on the defense minister to cancel immediately the ridiculous decision, and to let us lead an emergency protocol in according with the security situation," stated Idan.

The regional leader added "I don't want to even consider what would have happened this evening if there hadn't been an IDF accompanied security concentration on site, even more so in the incident where a missile would fall on a building with injuries G-d forbid."